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Tips for career research [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 08:49
Hi,

Since goal is an important question to clear for the application essay, anyone has any good idea to share how you do research for your target career or job post? Do you have any good tips about the way to do it.

Thanks a lot for your sharing.
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Re: Tips for career research [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 09:11
Go to sites like monster.com or career builder and search for positions in your post MBA industry and function. If there are any sites that specifically cater to your goal industry/function then look at them too (for example: idealist.org is great for people who want to work in non-profit to get an idea of the skills you'll need). Also conduct informational interviews. If you have a skillset you want to use, but don't know where they fit just talk to people in general. Tell them that you're interested in using skill X, skill Y, and skill Z. Ask if they can think of any types of jobs where this skillset is common and/or necessary. Then try to find people who do that job and speak to them about their career path (i.e. education, jobs held, etc.) and how your current background can be utilized. Also, Google. Put a career in there and see what pops out. It will take a while to put together a cohesive story. However, when you write that your goal is to be a brand manager in a mid-size CPG company because you want the experience of being on the ground floor of a brand breakthrough like Chobani's, you'll be speaking from a knowledegable place. Your goals will be specific and your plan to get there will be airtight.

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Re: Tips for career research [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 15:16
LinkedIn is also a great resource…maybe slightly stalkerish but you can search for jobs that you are interested in (by companies, functions, industries, geographies etc) and look at the public profiles of people who have those jobs. Then you can also see their career progression and educational background if it’s on there. LinkedIn also has a ton of job postings too so if you feel weird stalking random people you can just see if there are any job openings for things you’d be interested in post-MBA, and see what the qualifications, etc. are.
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Re: Tips for career research [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 22:49
talking to alumni who already graduated from MBA education is best choice. because they really know what they are doing.
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Re: Tips for career research [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2011, 16:38
Thank you all for your response. I will try the ways u suggested. Have a good wkend.

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